San Francisco has a small community of obsessives who are so freaking intense about their sushi that nobody dare try to tell them who serves the best fish in the city or delivers the best experience. Some of these self-proclaimed experts have been to Japan a zillion times and have a very broad, educated basis for comparison, while others just like to flex their opinions as loudly as possible.
Jewish entrepreneurs arrived in San Francisco in the midst of the Gold Rush and through the centuries they have left a legacy of philanthropy and major cultural institutions here. From Levi Strauss, whose family gifted Stern Grove to the city, to Adolph Sutro whose home once occupied Sutro Heights, their names live on.
With “mixologists” gaining celebrity status nationwide, pouring a shot of whiskey and a smile doesn’t always translate to a steady customer following. Making good drinks is important these days and the Mission district in San Francisco, with its numerous haunts, has some of the best bartenders in the Bay Area. This is where you should drink in the Neighborhood.